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The Bear's Den: April 12, 2017

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This Den is draft heavy, as Chicago prepares for the next generation of players in the rebuild...

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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS

Bears fans featured in ESPN series - ChicagoBears.com - On Tuesday night, ESPN will debut an eight-episode docu-series called "We The Fans" that chronicles the lives of Chicago Bears season-ticket holders in Soldier Field's Section 250.

Mayer: Tillman details his draft-day experience - ChicagoBears.com - Fourteen years after being selected by the Bears in the second round of the draft, former cornerback Charles Tillman describes his draft-day experience.

DRAFT / PROSPECTS / FREE AGENCY

Campbell: NFL draft position preview: Running back - Chicago Tribune - As the NFL draft nears, we're taking a 10-day position-by-position look at what's out there and what the Bears need. Here's our assessment at running back.

Bears Talk Podcast: Bears 2017 NFL Draft Preview - Quarterbacks - CSN Chicago - In the latest Bears Talk Podcast, Chris Boden, JJ Stankevitz and Scott Krinch take a deep look at the top QBs in the 2017 NFL Draft class.

Mullin: Bears have had close look at one quarterback option outside the usual suspects - CSN Chicago - If the Bears decide to stray from the usual suspects at quarterback in the draft, they're quite familiar with Pitt's Nathan Peterman.

Finley: 'Polished' Ole Miss TE Evan Engram visits Bears on path to draft - Chicago Sun-Times - Evan Engram hasn’t watched a lot of Bears games, but he understands what they need.

Cox: Bears working out 6-foot-9 college basketball player at tight end - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears are giving 6-foot-9 Kansas State basketball player D.J. Johnson a tryout at the tight end position.

Kevin Fishbain's Chicago Bears Mock Draft - Pro Football Weekly - Bears trade up for a quarterback in Round 2 in this seven-round mock draft

Florio: Ross Tucker sees red flags with Myles Garrett - ProFootballTalk - Myles Garrett won't be submitting to an interview with Ross Tucker, either. Tucker, the former NFL player turned multi-media personality, has concerns about Garrett, based in part on Garrett's refusal to submit to an interview with ESPN's Booger McFarland due to McFarland's criticism of Garrett.

Jim Thomas' mock draft: A&M's Garrett No. 1 overall, Bears take Allen - stltoday.com - Post-Dispatch football writer Jim Thomas projects the first-round selections for the NFL Draft on April 27-29 in Philadelphia.

Grossi's mock draft 6.0: Browns defy convention, bypass QBs with first three picks, Bears take Jonathan Allen - ESPN - Look for the Browns to take three sure starters, two on defense, and set themselves up to grab the next great quarterback hope in the 2018 draft.

Klopsis: NFL mock draft 2017, Bears take Jamal Adams - Newsday - There's a new name in the top 10 of Newsday's first-round mock draft 6.0.

Bonini: 2017 NFL mock draft rounds 1-2, Bears take S Jamal Adams, CB Adoree' Jackson - The Huddle - Below is my first crack at a 2017 NFL mock draft. It will be updated four times before the NFL draft, each Monday in April. Trades will not be projected, although they certainly will play a role in the draft's ultimate landscape.

Maylon, Burrows: Pat Mahomes the first QB, Bears take Lattimore - The Independent - The Bears would have loved to sort their quarterback riddle in the draft, but Ryan Pace is obviously not enamored with any of the 2017 options and instead settled on an easy-exit free agent deal for Mike Glennon. Much of their success depends on him, of course, but also turning a promising defense into a top-10 or top-5 unit. Jamal Adams or Malik Hooker could help with that, and even after they added defensive backs in free agency they could still opt to draft either.

Slater: Latest projections for all 32 teams, Bears take Jamal Adams - NJ.com - The Bears had one of the NFL's worst defenses in 2016, and they should get better by adding Adams, who can cover and hit hard.

Capaccio: WGR Mock Draft Database 2.0 - WGR 550 SportsRadio - Mock drafts from WGR's Sal Capaccio, Nate Geary, and Derek Kramer: Capaccio has Chicago taking Solomon Thomas, Geary has Chicago picking Jonathan Allen and Kramer goes with Jamal Adams for the Bears.

Kadar: Bears take Adams, 2017 mock 2 rounds for a deep group of prospects - SBNation.com - The Bears can add an all-around force to a defense that lacks playmakers beyond pass rusher Leonard Floyd.

NFL Mock Drafts - CBSSports.com - NFLDraftScout.com - 2017 NFL mock drafts by CBSSports.com and NFLDraftScout.com, including pick-by-pick analysis by NFL Draft experts Rob Rang, Dane Brugler, Pete Prisco and Will Brinson. Rang has Chicago taking Jamal Adams, Brugler has Chicago taking Marshon Lattimore, Prisco has Chicago taking Jonathan Allan as does Brinson.

Hudrick's 2017 NFL mock draft 2.0: Bears take Jamal Adams - CSN Philly - The signing of former Eagle Quintin Demps means safety isn't an immediate need, but Adams is such a difference maker. He's instinctual, tough, physical and can cover. He's the type of player you can build your defense around.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Former Bears CB Charles Tillman cuts off his dreadlocks - CSN Chicago - Charles Tillman tweeted out a photo Tuesday of him holding his dreadlocks after a head-turning haircut.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Underwood: Martellus Bennett brings more than football to Green Bay - Acme Packing Company - As a self-described "visionary architect" Martellus Bennett’s talents go beyond catching footballs.

Gates: Resetting The Minnesota Vikings’ Depth Chart: Wide Receiver - Daily Norseman - Who will be catching passes from Sam Bradford this season?

PODcast: Could the Lions draft a wide receiver? Coney island pizza, preseason LISTCAST - Pride Of Detroit - A jam-packed PODcast talks about the most pressing Lions and pizza news of the offseason.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: Chicago Bears predicted to be 7-9 in 2017 - Windy City Gridiron - Football Outsiders is predicting a seven win, 3rd place NFC North finish for the Chicago Bears.

Zeglinski's 2017 Bears Mock Draft 2.0: Chicago slots down for value - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears execute a trade of their first pick to fill out a growing, talented core.

Wiltfong: Ten Thoughts on the NFL - Windy City Gridiron - Check out this weeks Ten Thoughts on the NFL and be sure to add a few thoughts of your own in the comment section!

Zeglinski: Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson stick out as clutch performers - Windy City Gridiron - A recent study has Watson leading the 2017 quarterback class in crunch time. Meanwhile, Mahomes makes a name for himself as well.

Wiltfong: Are the Chicago Bears preparing to trade back? - Windy City Gridiron - In Lester’s latest T Formation Conversation podcast, he talks about the prospects the Chicago Bears have privately met with and some trade back scenarios for GM Ryan Pace.

FANPOSTS

Sammo80: Dream Scenario with Cleveland Browns Expressing Interest in Fournette - Windy City Gridiron - Chicago Bears trade #3 pick to Cleveland Browns for #12, #33 Pick, Swap 5th round picks to move up two spots (1st pick in 5th round) and 6th round pick. Bears pick as follows: 1st Round #12...

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